Home / Tag Archives: Judith Roddy

Tag Archives: Judith Roddy

Translations – National Theatre, London

Writer: Brian Friel Director: Ian Rickson Reviewer: Scott Matthewman In the latest episode of his podcast Lexicon Valley, linguistics professor John McWhorter considers what it may take for one language to become universal. Dismissing both Mandarin Chinese and Esperanto’s prospects – the former relying too much on intonation of the same vowel sounds to form completely different words, the latter ...

Read More »

Danse, Morob – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer:  Laurent Gaudé Director: Olwen Fouéré and Emma Martin Reviewer: Saoirse Anton The daughter of Morob is trying to find him. Upon learning that his body is missing from its grave, she sets out with her pack of dogs to find the Long Kesh ex-political prisoner.  However, it soon transpires that this magic-realist play is about much more than just ...

Read More »

The Plough and the Stars – National Theatre, London

Writer: Sean O’Casey Co-Directors: Jeremy Herrin, Howard Davies Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Even for a play about collateral damage during an armed urban conflict, there’s a surprising amount of violence in Sean O’Casey’s 1926 play. Set in November 1915 and Easter 1916 in inner city Dublin, there’s plenty of shots fired and scuffles as pressure rises, but the most shocking moment ...

Read More »

Pentecost – Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Writer: Stewart Parker Director: Jimmy Fay Reviewer: Megan W. Minogue In his introduction to his triptych of history plays, Pentecost the final among them, Stewart Parker noted that ‘Ghosts and plays have a lot in common. All plays are ghost plays. They issue forth and take their shape from a conflict within the writer himself, often a wrestling match between ...

Read More »